Posts Tagged ‘ police abuse ’

Prohibition and plunder: The respectable racketeers of Malheur County, Oregon

June 29, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"'The court should not allow this defendant to profit from the illegal delivery of controlled substances,' insisted Malheur County Deputy DA Mike Dugan as he demanded the imprisonment of William Esbensen for the supposed crime of providing medical marijuana to willing clients. This isn't to say that Dugan rejected such profits as a matter of principle; he simply believed that he and his comrades in the Malheur County Sheriff's Office should be the ones enjoying the windfall. Dugan’s desire to imprison Esbensen and his business partner, Raymond Kangas, was left unrealized: They were sentenced to probation after being found guilty of 'providing marijuana for consideration' under a statute that is no longer in effect." (06/27/14)

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What if they passed a law to reform police misconduct and the DoJ ignored it?

June 25, 2014
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Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"What if, a long time ago, the federal government noticed many of the problematic and abusive police practices about which we complain today -- practices including excessive force, discriminatory harassment, false arrest, coercive sexual conduct, and unlawful stops. In response, the federal government passed a law to rein in such abuses, and assigned the Justice Department to keep police departments around the country on the straight and narrow. Then everybody patted themselves on the back and ... business as usual. That's what Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois, says happened with Law Enforcement Misconduct Statute 42 U.S.C. § 14141, passed in 1994." (06/24/14)

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The costs of a government-sponsored crisis

June 12, 2014
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Kate Andrews  

"Thousands of unaccompanied minors, who have narrowly escaped from dangerous, cartel-infested areas of Central America and Mexico, have been brought into federally-run boarder [sic] patrol centers, only to receive further inhumane treatment. The photos reveal that minors -- many young girls under the age of twelve -- are left unsupervised, crowded into caged cells along with hundreds of their peers, and forced to sleep on the ground. Since the leak, new regulations have come into effect. According to Patrol Agent Charge Leslie Lawson’s memo obtained by Townhall, steps were taken on June 6th to change procedures at one of Arizona’s border detention facilities: 'Effective immediately, the use of personally owned cellular phones, cameras, or reco[r]ding devices in the Nogales Dentition Facility and Nogales Processing Center is strictly prohibited.' Forget the living standards of the kids; Patrol Lawson decided to get tough with the whistleblowers instead." (06/11/14)

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Lawsuit: FBI used no-fly list to punish Muslims who refused to be informants

April 24, 2014
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Fox News    

"The FBI is being accused of using the no-fly list to 'punish and retaliate' against Muslims who refused to sign up as federal informants. The allegations were contained in an amended lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in New York. Four Muslim men living in the U.S. accused the government of placing or keeping them on the no-fly list because they would not 'spy' on their Muslim communities." (04/23/14)

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CA: Ex-deputies allegedly cut power, cameras to plant guns in pot clinic

April 23, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Two former L.A. County sheriff's deputies allegedly turned off the electricity and a security camera system inside a medical marijuana dispensary as they planted guns they used to justify two arrests, according to court documents. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, have been charged with two felony counts of conspiring to obstruct justice and altering evidence, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Martinez faces two additional felony counts of perjury and filing a false report." (04/23/14)

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NM: Albuquerque protests over police killing turn to “mayhem,” says mayor

March 31, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Hundreds of protesters blocked traffic, trying to get on freeways and shouting out anti-police slogans. They trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break the windows. Gas canisters were thrown outside police headquarters and Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies charged at demonstrators to disperse the crowd. That was the scene in Albuquerque described late Sunday night by news reports. It was unfortunate but characteristic of riots. What wasn’t so typical was the work of 'hacktivists' who reportedly sparked the protests, participating on the other side of the mayhem and teargas." (03/31/14)

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NM: Police killing of homeless camper now subject of federal criminal investigation

March 26, 2014
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KRQE 13 News    

"The March 16 fatal shooting by two Albuquerque Police officers of a mentally ill homeless camper in the city’s foothills is now the subject of a federal criminal investigation, according to several people briefed by U.S. Justice Department officials Wednesday afternoon. ... Two APD officers, Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, fired three shots apiece at Boyd from their assault-style rifles as Boyd was turning away from them. The shooting happened three and a half hours into APD’s encounter with Boyd, who had a three- or four-inch knife in each hand when he was shot." (03/26/14)

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CA: LAPD officer charged with assault in killing of arrestee

October 10, 2013
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ABC News    

"A Los Angeles police officer was charged with assault Thursday for allegedly kicking a woman seven times in the groin, abdomen and upper thigh during an arrest in which the woman ultimately died, her attorney said. Officer Mary O'Callaghan, an 18-year veteran, was charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors with felony assault under color of authority, lawyer Robert Rico said. ... Prosecutors declined to file a charge of involuntary manslaughter, citing insufficient evidence to prove that the conduct caused Thomas'[s] death, according to the district attorney's office." (10/10/13)

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From the files of the Nineveh PD

September 2, 2013
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William Norman Grigg LewRockwell.com
by William Norman Grigg  

"Life was uncomplicated for emissaries of the Assyrian Empire. They weren’t burdened by conscience, or hindered by the need to make moral distinctions. Their role was to extract tribute for the king in Nineveh, destroy all potential resistance to his rule, and maintain order. To that end they dispensed aggressive violence without pretense or pity, and didn’t flinch from targeting women -- including expectant mothers. At some point within the last decade or so, American police adopted a modified version of the Assyrian model of law enforcement. This helps to explain why it is now considered permissible for a police officer to assault an uncooperative but non-violent pregnant woman." (09/02/13)

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Outrage fatigue

May 13, 2012
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Ayn R. Key
by Ayn R. Key  

"One could argue that police brutality is a new prison normal and that what is actually an unnatural situation has become normal because people have adapted, adjusted their expectations. Just as people have come to regard 3% inflation as normal, they come to regard police not being held accountable for violating the law as normal, and they come to regard police brutality as normal. If a person were to argue that, it would be a pretty strong argument as well. Another factor, though, could be outrage fatigue." (05/12/12)

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NYPD defends illegal search policy

May 13, 2012
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Fox News    

"Baltimore native Chris Bilal was walking through his adopted Brooklyn neighborhood when he was stopped by a police officer. The NYPD officer peppered the 24-year-old with questions about where he lived, requested Bilal’s ID and rummaged through his bag. ... Bilal has been affected by the NYPD’s policy of Stop, Question and Frisk, in which officers randomly stop a person to determine if they are up to any wrongdoing or possess weapons and contraband items. " (05/12/12)

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TSA abuses another disabled child “terrorist” suspect

April 29, 2012
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The latest incident last Monday involves the unreasonably aggressive screening of Dina Frank, a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, at the hands of TSA thugs at JFK International Airport which caused her family to miss their flight to Florida. This little child is unable to pass through airport metal detectors without setting off alarms because she walks with metal leg braces and crutches. The condition puts her at the mercy of the TSA thugs who insist without reason or exception that she must undergo their patented pat-down assault and battery on a baby procedure." (04/29/12)

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TSA assaults and mugs another “terrorist” toddler at airport

April 26, 2012
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!    

"[T]he latest child victim is little four-year-old Isabella Brademeyer, of Missoula, Montana, on her way home with family after attending her uncle’s wedding, mercilessly set upon, targeted, mugged, manhandled and terrorized this week by a gang of uniformed gun toting TSA goons in Kansas at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport while her frightened and cowering typical American family looked on." (04/26/12)

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MN: Cops steal waitress’s tip

April 5, 2012
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ABC News    

"Stacy Knutson, a struggling Minnesota waitress and mother of five, says she was searching for a 'miracle' to help her family with financial problems. But that 'miracle' quickly came and went after police seized a $12,000 tip that was left at her table. Knutson filed a lawsuit in Clay County District Court stating that the money is rightfully hers. Police argue it is drug money." (04/05/12)

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OH: Police department disbanded after cop assaults nine-year-old

March 13, 2012
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Columbus Dispatch    

"Embattled [Mount Sterling] police Chief Mike McCoy announced last night that he will soon resign from his village post, though he insisted it has nothing to do with the fact that one of his officers shocked a 9-year-old boy twice with a Taser last week. ... the entire part-time police force remains disbanded and the Madison County sheriff’s office will patrol the village. There was no discussion of hiring a new chief or bringing back officers, and last week’s incident is being reviewed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation."

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Woman calls cops on scam — they kill her dog instead

February 29, 2012
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Classically Liberal
by CLS  

"[A] woman calls the police to tell them that there is an online scam. They say they will send a police officer to talk to her. She tells them she won't be home and to call first so she can be there. They ignore her. The officer goes to the home, when she is away, and then jumps over her fence ignoring the trespassing signs and warnings that there is a guard dog. When the 11-year-old dog appears he sho[o]ts it to death." (12/28/12)

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CA: Unidentified badged thug assaults dog-walker

January 31, 2012
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"A Montara man walking two lapdogs off leash was hit with an electric-shock gun by a National Park Service ranger after allegedly giving a false name and trying to walk away, authorities said Monday. ... 'It was really scary,' said Michelle Babcock, who said she had seen the incident .... Babcock said Hesterberg had repeatedly asked the ranger why he was being detained. She didn't answer him, Babcock said. 'He just tried to walk away. She never gave him a reason,' Babcock said. The ranger shot Hesterberg in the back with her shock weapon as he walked off, Babcock said." (01/31/12)

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TSA may apologize for sexually assaulting three women

January 18, 2012
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Chicago Tribune    

"Nearly two months after being subjected to what each called a humiliating strip search by TSA agents at New York’s Kennedy International Airport, two elderly Broward County residents and a woman from Boynton Beach may receive an apology. Maybe. Word that [the three victims] could hear a personal 'We’re sorry' was sparked by publication of a letter from Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Betsy Markey. It said TSA agents may have violated standard operating procedures in at least two of the incidents." (01/18/12)

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Gang attacks homeowner, media solicits donations for fallen gang members, public laments gang member death

January 10, 2012
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CopBlock
by George Sand  

"When was the last time the public got their panties in a bunch when 5 armed men in dark clothing were shot because they were mistaken for intruders after they busted into someone’s house? Probably never. How about if the homeowner at issue was suspected of growing marijuana plants, and the armed men, dressed in dark clothing were allegedly there to 'protect' the public from a dangerous weed smoker?" [hat tip -- Wendy McElroy] (01/07/12)

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Another video catches cop in routine lies

December 18, 2011
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Classically Liberal
by CLS  

"This will continue until we take a zero tolerance policy with police. First, any penalty that applies to private citizens for violating the law ought to be doubled for police officers. They should be held to a higher standard if they are going to be the enforces of the law. Second, all damages should be paid by the officers and not by the taxpayers—even if this means they lose their homes and doughnut collection. Finally, we have to abolish all laws that are being used by the police to harass individuals videotaping the officers." (12/18/11)

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Jonathan Whitworth’s dismissed civil suit

November 30, 2011
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Americans for Forfeiture Reform
by Scott Alexander Meiner  

"Qualified immunity has become so expansive that it frequently fails to correct these constitutional violations. Simultaneously, law enforcement is increasingly funded by separate revenue streams that are not directly answerable to local voter intent. Big money is coming in from asset forfeitures and federal law enforcement grants. Each dollar acquired outside of the legislative appropriation model is one less piece of control that the citizenry wield." (11/29/11)

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Fort Collins gets a new police chief

November 6, 2011
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The Libertarian Enterprise
by Pat Hartman  

"Want to know where your tax money is going, Mr. and Mrs. America? It goes to pay off settlements in police brutality lawsuits. Read up on it some time. Google 'taser + sodomized,' for instance. But that's a subject for another day." (11/06/11)

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Crackdowns show what the state is made of

October 30, 2011
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Darian Worden  

"The state is more than a set of power relations; it’s also the people who make those relations function. And people have the power to decide. This was made clear in Albany, as police resisted calls from politicians to disperse the crowd and instead acted in the interest of public safety. And Arun Gupta notes that police in Allentown, PA were openly supportive of the local Occupation. Each of the police officers who attacked protesters in Oakland could have said no." (10/29/11)

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One nation under occupation

October 30, 2011
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Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Kaiser Leib  

"Many things have been said about the OWS protesters, and they have been called many names. I’d like to add one more name to the protesters who got this young Marine the hell out of there: Heroes." (10/29/11)

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CA: Iraq veteran injured in Oakland police riot awake

October 27, 2011
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TVNZ [New Zealand]    

"An Iraq war veteran badly wounded in [a brutal and vicious police riot] on the streets of Oakland, California is awake and lucid, hospital officials and family members said today. Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine struck in the head during Occupy Wall Street protests on Tuesday night, had been upgraded from critical to fair condition overnight." (10/28/11)

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